[JPL] MUSIC INN Documentary

Jazz Promo Services jazzpromo at earthlink.net
Wed May 2 08:07:30 EDT 2007

For Immediate Release
MUSIC INN, the documentary about the legendary oasis for American music will
have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.
There was a time in the 1950s when musical giants strutted the Berkshire
Hills in Western Massachusetts.  Be-boppers, folk singers, African drummers,
blues singers, jazz legends, poets, and musicologists gathered at a place
called Music Inn in Lenox, Massachusetts, just a stone¹s throw away from
classical music¹s most famous summer festival at Tanglewood, to share their
converging traditions and go looking for roots most people didn¹t think even
existed.  In their search, they created not only the first summer-long Jazz
Festival, and the First School of Jazz, but a new movement in American
music.  It was that kind of unique, magical configuration of people and
ideas that rarely occurs in the arts, but permanently alters the cultural
landscape.  In this case, it changed the world of American music, how we
understand the meaning of America, and how the world came to appreciate the
art of jazz.
During a decade rife with paranoia‹in the middle of the McCarthy era, Music
Inn was a bold experiment.  Halfway between the Second World War and The
Civil Rights Movement, Phil and Stephanie Barber created an oasis where
aspiring musicians came to learn from the very best.  Students and faculty,
young and old, rich and poor, white, black, and brown convened together and
learned from each other.  Defying the surrounding environment, Music Inn
harbored a racial and cultural harmony where music was all that mattered.
With commentary by noted author Benjamin R. Barber, Music Inn explores the
tenor of the times as reflected through interviews from Randy Weston, Dave
Brubeck, Percy Heath, Gunther Schuller, Billy Taylor, Pete Seeger, Oscar
Brand and many others. Rare footage includes never before seen clips of
Geoffrey Holder, Randy Weston Trio, Al Minns and Leon James, Marshall
Stearns, and Tom Glazer along with unreleased audio performances from the
likes of Mahalia Jackson, Woody Guthrie, Olatunji and Ornette Coleman.
³They¹re doing wonderful things up there.  They¹re really helping make music
history.² - Louis Armstrong
Ben Barenholtz, a prominent figure since the 1960s in the New York
independent film community, makes his directorial debut.  This premier marks
the completion of a project that, with the help of a dedicated group of
co-producers, has been a 4 year-long labor of love.

For Further Information Contact
Barenholtz Productions Tel: 212-686-0822
                                          Fax: 212-686-9119
                                         Email: ben.barenholtz at gmail.com


Tribeca Film Festival Screening
   May 3rd @ 6:30pm AMC Village VII Theater I 66 Third Ave. (@ 11th St.) New
York, NY 10003 
   May 4th @ 2:30pm AMC Village VII Theater 2 66 Third Ave. (@ 11th St.) New
York, NY 10003 
   May 5th @ 10:00pm Regal Cinemas Battery Park Theater 4 102 North End Ave.
(@ Vesey St.) New York, NY 10281


MUSIC INN will be showing at the Berkshire International Film Festival in
Great Barrington on May 18th and May 20th.
MUSIC INN has also been invited to screen at the Munich Film Festival which
will be held from June 22-June 30.
Specific screening dates and times have yet to be determined.

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